Jan Frodeno (GER) reclaimed his crown from defending champion Javier Gomez (Spain) and took the win over Olympic gold medalist and fellow SRAM athlete Alistair Brownlee at the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
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After growing up in South Africa, Jan Frodeno returned to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to win in a highly competitive field of world-class talent. This effort marks his second Ironman 70.3 World Championship win with a total elapsed time of just 03:36:30.
Frodeno was at the front during the 1.9km swim (21:53) and finished just 1 second behind the leader, Ben Kanute. On the bike, Frodeno stayed with the lead group consisting of Ben Kanute, Sam Appleton, Alistair Brownlee, and Javier Gomez to finish the 90km ride in 2:28:04. The powerful German then delivered a lightning-fast World Champs record-breaking 21.1km run (1:06:33) to secure his victory.
"I'm very happy, what a special day," said Frodeno post-race. "To come here is special, and to perform in front of a home crowd is just epic."
It was a nail biter all the way through the end. Alistair Brownlee finished second, 1 minute and 10 seconds behind Jan Frodeno. In third, former 70.3 world champion, Javier Gomez was just 45-seconds behind Brownlee.
Next up, Jan Frodeno will travel to Australia to finalize his preparations for the upcoming IRONMAN World Championship in Kona to hunt for the notoriously elusive double crown.